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Looking for good single player MMO

FacelesscogFacelesscog Registered User regular
edited October 2009 in Games and Technology
Let me explain that subject... I enjoy the open world (and generally, the crafting systems) of a good MMO, but my internet connection is spotty, I'm not a fan of paying $15 per month to play and I need to be away from the computer periodically, so it's nice to be able to pause the game, which you can't do in an MMO. With that in mind, I'm looking for a good couple of games that have a similar feature set, but are designed to be single player or even multi-player over a LAN.

I enjoyed Fallout 3 and I'm currently playing through Prototype. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Let me explain that subject... I enjoy the open world (and generally, the crafting systems) of a good MMO, but my internet connection is spotty, I'm not a fan of paying $15 per month to play and I need to be away from the computer periodically, so it's nice to be able to pause the game, which you can't do in an MMO. With that in mind, I'm looking for a good couple of games that have a similar feature set, but are designed to be single player or even multi-player over a LAN.

    I enjoyed Fallout 3 and I'm currently playing through Prototype. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
    Borderlands is proving to be pretty goddamn awesome.

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  • BoredomBoredom Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Morrowind, followed by Oblivion.

    Both are from the developer of F3 and both are fantastic.

  • Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If you consider all open world games to be "Single player MMOs" (which by mentioning prototype in the same catagory you seem to) than can I recommend Saints Row 2? Good mindless fun, no brain required. And as Yahtzee rightly points out, it allows you to throw old ladies into jet turbines.

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  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    If you have a decent-ish pc you could try The Witcher.

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  • CoreoCoreo Sydney AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Morrowind is simply awesome for the price now, you can easily get it for like $5 including expansions.

    I really really want Borderlands but I have to finish my first set of games I bought. I have this stupid habit of buying new games before I finish my old ones.

  • Local H JayLocal H Jay Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Borderlands is proving to be pretty goddamn awesome.


    do it if you like having fun

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  • SandersSanders Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Let me explain that subject... I enjoy the open world (and generally, the crafting systems) of a good MMO, but my internet connection is spotty, I'm not a fan of paying $15 per month to play and I need to be away from the computer periodically, so it's nice to be able to pause the game, which you can't do in an MMO. With that in mind, I'm looking for a good couple of games that have a similar feature set, but are designed to be single player or even multi-player over a LAN.

    I enjoyed Fallout 3 and I'm currently playing through Prototype. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

    I take it you want a game that is similar to fantasy MMOs but is not? Any 'western RPG' would fit that description (more or less any game made by BioWare). Diablo II can do LAN as well but the online portion doesn't require the greatest internet connection or time consumption.

    If you want actual MMOs that can be enjoyable solo and do not require $15 a month, both Guild Wars and Dungeons & Dragons Online are free to play.

  • deadlydoritodeadlydorito __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2009
    you could try age of conan, its very single player-ish while levelling.

  • MenasorMenasor Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Final Fantasy XII definitely fits the bill, if you have a PS2, or a PS3 with backwards compatibility.

  • MachismoMachismo Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I love the vast size of an MMO, but I hate the requirement of dealing with people. Also, I enjoy being able to pause the game for a few hours in most occassions.

    Borderlands is what you need.

    A very large world. Great FPS action, supported by an excellent skill tree. There are three classes, each with their own skill tree. Each skill tree has three branches, of which you have enough points at max level to become maxed in two. The action is great. Difficulty is almost perfect. Great story. Excellent music.

    Also, Dungeons and Dragons Online is free, but I have heard people say that there is a reason it is free (it sucks!). Then again, these are also the people that look at me crazy when I say I dislike 99% of MMOs.

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist silly fellow, silly fellow, is against me Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Wait, I'm confused at all the people suggesting Borderlands, I thought that game required you to have friends?

  • DashuiDashui Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Menasor wrote: »
    Final Fantasy XII definitely fits the bill, if you have a PS2, or a PS3 with backwards compatibility.

    The perfect PS2 "single-player MMO" game is .hack//G.U., considering the setting is actually an MMO. I loved that series. The damn thing even had a desktop where you received and sent e-mails from and to your party members, a separate game you could access (card battle game; quite fun), wallpapers and background music to collect and set, and more. You could send them these cards you collected to spark up very large e-mail conversations, too.

    The MMO .hack//G.U. takes place in is called The World, and it has everything you expect from a real MMO. There were guilds, guild houses, a PvP arena, random chances for special bosses and loot to appear, "PC's" running around you could interact and trade with, and just so much more. It's incredibly deep.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2009
  • Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

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  • MachismoMachismo Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

    THat game was so damn pretty! Their art is just amazing.

    That said, they have AI buddies you can have in your party to give you a snowball's chance in hell for the missions that advance the story (and the areas you can explore). Unfortunately, they tend to be terrible. They don't have good enough equipment to be competitive, and before the level cap (surprisingly low), their level is too low for the area.

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  • Alfred J. KwakAlfred J. Kwak Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Risen is a great exploration-based RPG that will last you at least 30 hours.

    Titan Quest is huuugge.

  • Descendant XDescendant X Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Demon's Souls fits most of what you want except the open-world setting. You basically have a hub from which you choose where to go. That said, it has crafting and multiplayer.

    And is fucking awesome.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Tube's Favorite Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    X3?

    Shit! No!

    *sigh*

    Installing.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    GTAIV, Saint's Row 2, Oblivion, Fallout3.

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  • runwiledrunwiled Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Machismo wrote: »
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

    THat game was so damn pretty! Their art is just amazing.

    That said, they have AI buddies you can have in your party to give you a snowball's chance in hell for the missions that advance the story (and the areas you can explore). Unfortunately, they tend to be terrible. They don't have good enough equipment to be competitive, and before the level cap (surprisingly low), their level is too low for the area.

    The game got a lot more solo friendly later in its life. If you buy the stand-alone expansion Nightfall, then a new henchmen system is introduced called 'Heroes.' These guys level up with you, cover all classes and can be customised (ie. their skills, skill points, equipment, etc). The 'expansion' Eye of the North introduced even more heroes to play with, but you need a copy of one of the stand-alones to play it.
    I only ever played with one other 'real' person, the rest of the slots being taken up with the AI companions. The rest of the time I played on my own with Heroes and henchies. It's a little trickier in parts, but you can still play just fine once you learn how the AI behaves.

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  • DanHibikiDanHibiki Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    GTAIV, Saint's Row 2, Oblivion, Fallout3.

    add S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to that and Batman Arkham Asylum.

    (well, ok, Batman doesn't entirely fit but... it's Batman, and if you haven't played it yet, you should)

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  • HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm kinda like the OP where I like MMO worlds and some of the gameplay but I don't join groups much. I actually enjoy grinding sometimes and just going around the lands and seeing sights.

    Anyways some suggestions:
    Freelancer
    SpaceForce: Rogue universe
    Mount & Blade
    Tales of Vesperia
    Dragon Aqe

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  • KhavallKhavall Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    X3?

    Oh god no.



    No no no no no no no no no


    fuck it's still installed.


    see you in a few months everyone

  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Tube's Favorite Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Khavall wrote: »
    X3?

    Oh god no.



    No no no no no no no no no


    fuck it's still installed.


    see you in a few months everyone

    I'm only saved by having a laptop that cannot handle the sheer computational power that this game requires. By the time I've set up the third station in my complex, the framerate slows down enough that I'm able to break the game's spell.

  • TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Wait, I'm confused at all the people suggesting Borderlands, I thought that game required you to have friends?

    You can play the game single-player. Heck, you can even take your single-player character and drop it online later down the line, or take your character you started online, and move it into single-player. It's more like having the character stick with you, and going where ever you want with it.

    That being said, early reviews (take them for what you will) indicate that the game isn't quite so much fun without four people shootin' shit up together.

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  • citizen059citizen059 on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeamRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Machismo wrote: »
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

    THat game was so damn pretty! Their art is just amazing.

    That said, they have AI buddies you can have in your party to give you a snowball's chance in hell for the missions that advance the story (and the areas you can explore). Unfortunately, they tend to be terrible. They don't have good enough equipment to be competitive, and before the level cap (surprisingly low), their level is too low for the area.

    Given that I've played the entire Prophecies campaign from start to finish with just the AI, I'd say this is wrong. Do they require careful advancement at times? Yes. But they're capable.

  • KhavallKhavall Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Khavall wrote: »
    X3?

    Oh god no.



    No no no no no no no no no


    fuck it's still installed.


    see you in a few months everyone

    I'm only saved by having a laptop that cannot handle the sheer computational power that this game requires. By the time I've set up the third station in my complex, the framerate slows down enough that I'm able to break the game's spell.
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    I'm so boned

  • DrakeDrake Blow it all up ForeverRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    citizen059 wrote: »
    Machismo wrote: »
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

    THat game was so damn pretty! Their art is just amazing.

    That said, they have AI buddies you can have in your party to give you a snowball's chance in hell for the missions that advance the story (and the areas you can explore). Unfortunately, they tend to be terrible. They don't have good enough equipment to be competitive, and before the level cap (surprisingly low), their level is too low for the area.

    Given that I've played the entire Prophecies campaign from start to finish with just the AI, I'd say this is wrong. Do they require careful advancement at times? Yes. But they're capable.

    I'll give another nod to Guild Wars. It's huge. It's free. And solo play, while trickier in some places than others, is quite possible. It's also a lot of fun. Also, plenty of people still play it.

  • Zetetic ElenchZetetic Elench Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Drake wrote: »
    citizen059 wrote: »
    Machismo wrote: »
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

    THat game was so damn pretty! Their art is just amazing.

    That said, they have AI buddies you can have in your party to give you a snowball's chance in hell for the missions that advance the story (and the areas you can explore). Unfortunately, they tend to be terrible. They don't have good enough equipment to be competitive, and before the level cap (surprisingly low), their level is too low for the area.

    Given that I've played the entire Prophecies campaign from start to finish with just the AI, I'd say this is wrong. Do they require careful advancement at times? Yes. But they're capable.

    I'll give another nod to Guild Wars. It's huge. It's free. And solo play, while trickier in some places than others, is quite possible. It's also a lot of fun. Also, plenty of people still play it.

    Guild Wars is lovely, but the OP said his net connection is spotty. Don't know how viable an option it is.

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  • Sir CarcassSir Carcass I have been shown the end of my world Austin, TXRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
  • PkErthbndPkErthbnd Registered User
    edited October 2009
    So, I haven't played it myself but I've heard good things about Sacred II. VERY MMO-ish, even mounts and whatnot. Anyone know anything about it?

  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Just... Just, the worstRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Wait, I'm confused at all the people suggesting Borderlands, I thought that game required you to have friends?

    You can play the game single-player. Heck, you can even take your single-player character and drop it online later down the line, or take your character you started online, and move it into single-player. It's more like having the character stick with you, and going where ever you want with it.

    That being said, early reviews (take them for what you will) indicate that the game isn't quite so much fun without four people shootin' shit up together.

    I'm having a complete blast with my Mordecai single player run. Of course, Mordecai is kind of a lone wolf character, but I'm still enjoying myself immensely. I plan on single player running the other characters, too.

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  • Dr SnofeldDr Snofeld Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Khavall wrote: »
    X3?

    Oh god no.



    No no no no no no no no no


    fuck it's still installed.


    see you in a few months everyone

    Deus Ex

    There, that'll hold him til next summer or so.

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  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Khavall wrote: »
    X3?

    Oh god no.



    No no no no no no no no no


    fuck it's still installed.


    see you in a few months everyone

    Deus Ex

    There, that'll hold him til next LIFE or so.

    Fixd.

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  • Shorn Scrotum ManShorn Scrotum Man Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    That's just mean you guys. The only thing you've left out is Civilization 4...

    FUCK.

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  • ConstrictorConstrictor The Dork Knight SuburbialandRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Risen is a great exploration-based RPG that will last you at least 30 hours.

    Titan Quest is huuugge.

    Risen was good. 8/10 rating from me. I spent 50 hours completing Risen, and there's replayability. Try beating it as a mage, then a swordsman. I beat it as mage, which was relatively easy. I think the sword fighting vs the stronger humanoids and creatures is tougher than backpedaling while throwing fireballs.

  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    FFXII is the most MMOG-like experience I've had with a game that wasn't an MMOG.

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  • BlueDestinyBlueDestiny Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Dr Snofeld wrote: »
    Khavall wrote: »
    X3?

    Oh god no.



    No no no no no no no no no


    fuck it's still installed.


    see you in a few months everyone

    Deus Ex

    There, that'll hold him til next LIFE or so.

    Fixd.

    I guess I'm lucky that I find both games painfully boring.

    As to suggestions, Saints Row2/GTA4. Two sides to one coin, and both are days of fun just messing around.

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Drake wrote: »
    citizen059 wrote: »
    Machismo wrote: »
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    guild wras is a pretty good single player mmo, and its free to play online. i dont know how many people still play it at this point, but theres a second one coming out sometime.

    THat game was so damn pretty! Their art is just amazing.

    That said, they have AI buddies you can have in your party to give you a snowball's chance in hell for the missions that advance the story (and the areas you can explore). Unfortunately, they tend to be terrible. They don't have good enough equipment to be competitive, and before the level cap (surprisingly low), their level is too low for the area.

    Given that I've played the entire Prophecies campaign from start to finish with just the AI, I'd say this is wrong. Do they require careful advancement at times? Yes. But they're capable.

    I'll give another nod to Guild Wars. It's huge. It's free. And solo play, while trickier in some places than others, is quite possible. It's also a lot of fun. Also, plenty of people still play it.

    Guild Wars is lovely, but the OP said his net connection is spotty. Don't know how viable an option it is.

    The only problem will be updating the game. There's probably going to be about 2gb of updates to download. If the game is up to date, your internet connection can be as bad as it wants to be, and solo play will be fine (I had a friend who played with me through the campaigns and his dialup connection hit 3kb/s at best, and he still managed it). He needed to put it on my DSL connection regularly to grab updates though, but since the game has pretty much been put to pasture while they work on GW2, that should't be an issue anymore as long as you can get the initial updates.

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